Four goals by senior Macy Hamblin helped the Northern Kentucky women’s soccer team defeat Miami (Ohio) 4-2 in an exhibition match on Tuesday afternoon. Ally Perkins was also a major contributor on offense for the Norse, as she recorded three assists during the contest. The teams played three 30-minute periods in each side’s first match of the preseason.

“Miami has a high quality program, and this was a strong first test for us,” said head coach Bob Sheehan.

“We were pleased in some areas and exposed in other areas. This will provide us with an opportunity to learn and grow as a team.”

Hamblin scored just over a minute into the match to put the Norse ahead 1-0. Standing near the goal, Hamblin headed a ball that was played into the box by Ally Perkins into the back of the net.
Minutes later, Hamblin added her second goal of the match. This time, she won a footrace to secure a ball that was played in the box by Perkins and nailed her shot in the upper corner to give NKU a 2-0 advantage.
With the game tied 2-2, Hamblin recorded her third goal of the match to give the Norse a lead for good. The goal was assisted by Perkins.
In the 87th minute, Hamblin scored her final goal of the match. Jessica Frey recorded the assist on the play.

Junior Emily Lohmann earned the start in goal for the Norse. She made four saves in 57 minutes.
Sophomore Jennifer Farwell and freshman Sarah Cady also saw time in the net during the game.

Hamblin recorded goals in the second and seventh minutes to give the Norse an early 2-0 advantage. Both goals were assisted by Perkins.

The RedHawks were able to pull one back in the 42nd minute, as Miami earned a penalty kick for a Norse foul in the box.
Amy Malone converted from the spot to help Miami get within one.

Miami evened the score in the 77th minute. Bianca Medanic tipped a ball into the back of the net that was assisted by both Kat Zalar and Audrey Carr.
Less than a minute later, Hamblin scored her third goal of the game to give NKU the lead for good. Perkins recorded her third assist of the match on the play.
Hamblin put the Norse ahead 4-2 in the 87th minute with her fourth goal of the contest. Frey earned the assist on the final goal of the match.

NKU was efficient on the offensive end of the field. The Norse only took five shots in the contest, but four managed to find their way into the back of the net.
Miami had 14 shots during the game, with six of those on target.
The RedHawks had nine corner kicks in the game, compared to one for the Norse.
Miami did not record a save in the game.

The Norse host Ohio on Friday in the team’s final exhibition match of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at NKU Soccer Stadium.

Ryan Wilker
Northern Kentucky University
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant